The undergraduate Student Success Pathway will be revamped and relaunched for Fall 2022.

Course List

Courses in the Student Success Pathway (SSP) program provide a strong academic foundation and help students acquire the skills essential to university-level learning. To ensure students receive the classes and credits they need, the program uses a set curriculum. Listed below are course descriptions.

Credit Courses

  • LING 113A: Approaches to University Writing A
  • LING 113B: Approaches to University Writing B
  • LING 200: (How) Language Matters
  • HIST 161: Survey of the History of Latin America
  • MATH*

*Based on mathematics placement test score.

Non-Credit Courses

  • English for Math
  • Succeeding in the U.S. Higher Education System
  • Discourse & Communication

Course Highlights

Credit Courses

General Education Requirement - Written Communication

  • LING 113A - Approaches to University Writing A (3 units)

    Linguistics 113A introduces students to proper English usage and is excellent preparation for ALL university courses. Created for non-native speakers of English, this course teaches students how to write academic essays, express ideas orally, read and understand literature, and construct proper sentences. It also satisfies the requirements for Linguistics 113B, which students must pass in order to enter the university.

  • LING 113B - Approaches to University Writing B (3 units)

    This course builds on the lessons of Linguistics 113A, providing students with a deeper understanding of written and spoken English. In the course, students learn how to write more effectively, develop logical arguments and use evidence to support their work. The course also includes ESL instruction on diction, grammar, syntax and style.

    A grade of C- or higher in this course is required for admission into CSUN.

The following categories include courses with CSUN’s general population (degree-seeking students). This not only provides an inclusive learning environment, but also helps SSP students meet new friends and feel more comfortable at the university.

General Education Requirement - Humanities (3 units)

Arts and Humanities courses help students appreciate the rich history and diversity of human knowledge, discourse and achievements. This category includes courses in the arts, literature, religion and philosophy.

Scheduled for Fall 2019:

  • LING 200 - (How) Language Matters (3 units)

    This course explores how language affects society and identity. It also examines how we use language to form new meanings and accommodate popular new technologies (e.g., texting). In addition, the course analyzes how people and societies perceive the language use of others. (Available for General Education, Arts and Humanities.)

General Education Requirement - Comparative Cultures (3 units)

Comparative Cultural Studies courses introduce students to the cultures, languages and perspectives of other nations and peoples. This category includes courses in Asian American Studies, Religious Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and Central American Studies.

Scheduled for Spring 2020 with relevant Los Angeles field trips:

  • HIST 161 - Survey of the History of Latin America (3 units)

    In this course, students study Latin American cultures and societies, and explore how the region’s past helped shape its present. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.) (IC)

General Education Requirement - Mathematics (3 - 5 units)

Mathematics courses provide students with the reasoning skills to make informed judgments and analytical decisions. Courses in this category depend on the student’s mathematics placement test score. Possible courses include Pre-Calculus I and II; Statistics; Calculus I; and Mathematical Methods for Business.

Scheduled for Spring 2020 (based on placement and anticipated major):

  • Math 196QR - Stretch Quantitative Reasoning (5 units) (for student interested in non-STEM majors)

    This course emphasizes quantitative literacy and is excellent preparation for those interested in non-STEM fields. In the course, students learn how to interpret, understand and use quantitative information. They also learn algebraic and statistical reasoning, as well as modeling and critical thinking skills.


  • Math 196S - Math Prep for STEM (5 units)

    This course prepares students for study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Using a STEM focus, the course teaches students how to interpret, understand and use quantitative information. In addition, the course teaches algebraic and mathematical reasoning, as well as modeling and critical thinking skills.

    Or GE Math

  • MATH 102 - Pre-Calculus I (3 units)
  • MATH 103 - Mathematical Methods for Business (3 units)
  • MATH 105 - Pre-Calculus II (5 units)
  • MATH 106 - Mathematical Foundations for Non-Calculus Physics (5 units)
  • MATH 131 - Mathematical Ideas (3 units)
  • MATH 140 - Introductory Statistics (4 units)
  • MATH 150A - Calculus I (5 units)
  • MATH 255A - Calculus for the Life Sciences I (3 units)

Non-Credit Courses

  • English for Math

    In this course, students improve their English math vocabulary, learn techniques to simplify difficult concepts, and prepare for CSUN’s ALEKS exam. Although focused on English-language instruction, the course also provides math lessons and tutoring.

  • Succeeding in the US Higher Education System

    This course provides the information and skills needed to succeed as a U.S. university student, including:

    • important facts about CSUN and the SSP program
    • tips to improve attendance, proficiency and retention
    • tools to use in new or difficult cultural situations
    • preparation for life and study after the SSP program

    By taking this course at the same time as other SSP courses, students can address common questions about the program, the university, and American culture while preparing for future university life.

  • Discourse & Communication

    This course helps non-native speakers communicate more fluently with native speakers of English. In the course, students improve their listening comprehension skills, participate in class discussions, learn conversational strategies, give group presentations, ask and answer questions, and interact with native speakers.

    In addition, this course helps students:

    • Communicate clearly in class and with friends
    • Understand how English is structured and why
    • Learn common rules of spoken English, as well as how to fix errors in communication
    • Develop active listening skills
    • Present ideas in academic settings